a combining form representing ecology in the formation of compounds (ecosystem; ecotype); also with the more general sense “environment,” “nature,” “natural habitat” (ecocide; ecolaw; ecopolitics).
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denoting ecology or ecologicalecocide; ecosphere
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word-forming element referring to the environment and man's relation to it, abstracted from ecology, ecological; attested from 1969.
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